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Great Book at a Great Price   Leave a comment

Front Cover LAWKI no windowLife as We Knew It will be on sale August 17-24.

When terrorists attack distant cities, cutting off transportation, communication and supply lines, the people of Emmaus have to forge their own disaster plan. If the world as you knew it suddenly ended, what would you do? The people of Emmaus will find out.

http://www.amazon.com/Life-Knew-Transformation-Project-Book-ebook/dp/B00UY6MKHG/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1439664642&sr=8-1&keywords=life+as+we+knew+it+markham

Check it out while it’s only 99 cents.

Ivan Amberlake Reviews “Life As We Knew It”   4 comments

http://avidbookreader-bookreveal.blogspot.com/2015/03/lela-markhams-latest-release.html

 

Front Cover LAWKI no windowChaos changes everything!

Shane Delaney, a burned-out mercenary with a troubled past, returns home to small-town Kansas to heal his scars and quiet his demons, not planning to stay long enough for the townsfolk to reject who he has become.

He never expected the town to need his deadlier skills.

When a terrorist attack on distant cities abruptly transforms life as they knew it, the people of Emmaus must forget their own disaster plan to survive.

What would you do if the world as you know it ended today?

The people of Emmaus will find out.

 

My review:

LIFE AS WE KNEW IT is a very unusual read. I enjoy dystopian books a lot, and Lela Markham’s take on the apocalypse did not disappoint. The book is written in chapters that are short and switching from one character to another, which is never boring and which gives us a full picture of what is going on. The author shows the characters’ feelings, emotions, doubts well, which makes them true-to-life and easy to relate to. I especially enjoyed reading chapters from Shane Denaley’s point of view.

The life of a small town of Emmaus transforms abruptly when terrible news comes from large cities. That – together with great characterization – was my most favorite aspect of the book. I enjoyed the way the author shows as the world collapses – the attack, then the state of not knowing what is going on, what is going to happen next. It’s well done and realistic. I’d recommend it to lovers of dystopian novels.

LIFE AS WE KNEW IT is book 1 in Transformation Project series and I look forward to reading the next book.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Lela Markham is the pen name of an Alaskan novelists who was raised in a home built of books. Alaska is a grand adventure like none other with a culture that embraces summer adventure and winter artistic pursuits.

Lela has been a journalist, worked in the mental health field, and currently works for the State of Alaska, but her avocation has always been storyteller.

Her first published book The Willow Branch begins an exploration of the world of Daermad where a fractured kingdom leaves two races vulnerable to destruction by a third and opens the opportunity to mend old wounds. Lela drew inspiration from Celtic mythology, Alaskan raven legends and the Bible to craft a tale of war, faith and reconciliation. And, don’t forget … Celtic goddesses, sentient animals and dragons.

When not writing stories, Lela reads political philosophy, economics, history, mysteries, fantasies, science fiction and the backs of cereal boxes and enjoys speculative tales on TV. For variety, she quilts, tackles home improvement projects, hikes the Alaskan wilderness well-armed against the wildlife, and holds blackbelts in cold weather living and mosquito annihilation. Oh, and aurora viewing … it’s all about the aurora watching.

Lela shares her life with her adventuresome husband, two fearless offspring and a sentient husky who keeps a yellow Lab for a pet.

You can stalk her at:

aurorawatcherak@wordpress.com

thewillowbranch@wordpress.com

www.facebook.com/lelamarkham7

Or reach out old-school at lelamarkham@gmail.com

You’re Invited to an Online Launch Party   3 comments

Image result for image bottle of champaign broken on a ships bowLife As We Knew It launches today and you are invited to the on-line launch party of the series that was debuted on this blog.

Come give the book a good send-off for a successful journey.

https://www.facebook.com/onlinelaunchlifeasweknewit

I’ll be hanging out all day to say “howdy” to folks. The coffee’s on and I have some pastries. There will be visits by some of my characters. I’ll be giving away five books to folks who hang out with me in exchange for honest reviews.

 

What Would You Do?   1 comment

A small town in Kansas is suddenly without power, cut off the Internet and cell service, told by Homeland Security to activate emergency protocols. Then the news hits — terrorists have hit several cities around the country and clouds of radiation are headed your way.

What would you do?

http://www.amazon.com/Life-Knew-Transformation-Project-Book-ebook/dp/B00UY6MKHG/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top?ie=UTF8

“Great characterizations!” Avidbookreader – Amazon review.

No Longer a 1-Book Wonder   1 comment

Front Cover UpdateLast year, I published The Willow Branch.Front Cover Final 1.27.15

 

Not long after that, I read a blog article that said “Don’t be a 1-Book Wonder.”

 

So, enjoy Life As We Knew It.

Red Pen   1 comment

I’m in that stage with Life As We Knew It where I have printed off the manuscript and am taking a red pen to it. Words look so different on the computer screen. I bleed red ink. Shane changes how he says things. I realize that I need a character to think like the New Yorker he is. I see the grass bend before the wind.

The story deepens and I bleed red ink.

Cover Reveal   3 comments

I start playing with covers right after the first draft is finished, which is just about the time the actual title of the book comes to me. Life As We Knew It starts the apocalyptic series “Transformation Project”, which will follow a small Midwest town as it descends into the chaos left by a terrorist attack that disables the United States of America as we know it. I haven’t set a date for publication yet, but sometime this spring.

 

Front Cover Final 1.27.15Chaos changes everything!

Shane Delaney, a burned-out mercenary with a troubled past, returns home to small-town Kansas to heal his scars and quiet his demons, not planning to stay long enough for the townsfolk to reject who he has become.

He never expected the town to need his deadlier skills.

When a terrorist attack on distant cities abruptly transforms life as they knew it, the people of Emmaus must forget their own disaster plan to survive.

What would you do if the world as you know it ended today?

The people of Emmaus will find out.

 

And, yes, the cover holds a message. I’m open to your interpretations. What do you see in this picture?

Blurb for Life As We Knew It   Leave a comment

Town ResizedChaos changes everything‭!
Shane Delaney,‭ ‬a burned-out mercenary with a troubled past,‭ ‬returns home to small-town Kansas to heal his scars and quiet his demons,‭ ‬not planning to stay long enough for the townsfolk to reject who he has become.

He never expected the town to need his deadlier skills.

When a terrorist attack on distant cities abruptly transforms life as they knew it,‭ ‬the people of Emmaus must forget their own disaster plan to survive.

What would you do if the world as you know it ended today‭?

The people of Emmaus will find out.

Images of Fiction   Leave a comment

Town ResizedOftentimes when I write about a landscape that I don’t actually live in, I search for images that will allow me to visit a location sort of like exists in my story.

The town of Emmaus doesn’t exist except in my mind, but you might find some of these images if you could walk inside my head.

Typical small town main street like you might find in any Midwest state.

That’s actually the main street of a town I’ve been to.

 

 

 

Maybe Alex’s farm would look like this.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Can you imagine a storm coming in?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aviation is very important to Kansas history and to the town of Emmaus and the characters in the book.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Of course things aren’t going to stay so pleasant in Emmaus after the bombs go off.

 

Announcing the Transformation Project   Leave a comment

I started drafting the Transformation Project during the 2008 Presidential election. Originally, it was a political thriller with Shane (arguably the main character of an ensemble cast) protecting the female vice president after a terrorist attack seemingly wipes out most of the government.

The genesis came from my husband who insisted that if Obama lost, the liberals would start blowing things up to express their displeasure. You’d have to be familiar with Brad’s histrionic talents to understand just how entertaining that was. Most of the story was them trying to get west to his hometown where he could keep her safe. My mom’s hometown in North Dakota would host a plane that would take her home to Alaska.

It would have been a cool story to actually write, but after the 2008 election turned out the way that it did, it felt too much like fantasy, so I didn’t write it. But Shane wouldn’t go away. I’m a character-driven writer and he had a story he wanted to tell. It was an intriguing story of being a non-Christian in a Christian family, the black sheep, a mercenary with lethal skills in a town that has never needed that before … I quickly realized that I was much more interested in the story of a small town trying to survive when the nation’s infrastructure is in disarray than in writing a thriller.

From that was born an apocalyptic series of at least four books – The Transformation Project — of which Life As We Knew It is the first. A friend called it a “cozy” apocalyptic. There is a larger story of a terrorist attack, but that’s just backdrop for the story of a community dealing with a crisis.

I moved the location south because Mom’s hometown is not on any major transportation routes (which worked for a thriller) and seemed very remote from the big cities I wanted to attack. I couldn’t imagine a lot of traffic through North Dakota, but I could imagine Kansas being a crossroads for the sort of mass migration that apocalyptic events would inspire. The existence of a nearby interstate would serve as a reminder of bygone times as well. All I had to do was look at a Google map and see issues of resources that I wanted to explore.

Yes, I’m drawing on many of the subjects I’ve touched on in my blog … including anarchy. You won’t see much of that discussion in the first book, but in future volumes — well, you’ll have to stick around to find out.

Look for Life As We Knew It, Book 1 of the Transportation Project this spring – April or May. The countdown starts NOW.

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